If you're a loafer, you avoid working whenever possible, preferring to lounge around relaxing instead. And, if you're too lazy to tie your own shoes, you may prefer to wear loafers — slip-on shoes without laces.

If you're a loafer at work, your co-workers will grow to resent you for doing nothing while they do their jobs. Loafers like to loaf, or "spend time in an idle, aimless way." People will call you a loafer if you spend most of your time in a reclining position, take frequent breaks for snacks and naps, or obviously avoid anything resembling hard work. This noun has been in use since the mid-1800s, but its origin isn't clear. The shoe called a loafer got its name because it's easily slipped on, without the work of laces and knots.

Definitions of loafer

n person who does no work

bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout
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clock watcher
a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
couch potato
an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
dallier, dilly-dallier, dillydallier, lounger, mope
someone who wastes time
dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
daydreamer, woolgatherer
someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
goldbrick, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, goof-off, ne'er-do-well, no-account
an idle worthless person
a lazy person
lie-abed, slugabed
a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour
a worthless lazy fellow
shirker, slacker
a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
slug, sluggard
an idle slothful person
a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time
someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan
one who behaves lightly or not seriously
someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime)
lotus-eater, stargazer
someone indifferent to the busy world
dreamer, escapist, wishful thinker
a person who escapes into a world of fantasy
a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort
lingerer, loiterer
someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
malingerer, shammer, skulker
someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud
someone who moves slowly
potterer, putterer
a person who putters about
a shirker
straggler, strayer
someone who strays or falls behind
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a person who does nothing

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